Colombo Port City Project: Construction of 10 bridges expedited
The Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities stated that work concerning 10 bridges in the Colombo Port City Project is presently being expedited and that they are hopeful of completing the construction during the course of 2021.
The Ministry added that subject Minister, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had, in December 2019, instructed officers to expedite its work.
It had been the Premier who had intervened to reclaim 269 hectares of land of the project before its ownership had been handed over to the Urban Development Authority.
The proposed 10 bridges are being constructed through the sea canal route.
Of the 10 bridges, five are to be set aside for pavements, while the balance is to be set aside for vehicular traffic. The bridges will extend to three kilometres. The bridges for vehicular traffic will be made of concrete, while those for the public will be made of iron.
Furthermore, a ferry boat service for the public is proposed to be implemented through the sea canal route and small boats that are engaged in water sports are also set to be deployed.
Meanwhile, an entrance is also being constructed where the public could step into the Port City from Galle Face. The Ministry added that the public will be allowed to enter the Port City free of charge, once it is vested with the public.
The development work of the Port City Project is being coordinated and supervised by the Secretary to the Ministry, Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema, following instructions from the President and the Premier.